HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Former NFL star Lawrence Taylor is in a New Jersey courtroom Friday to try to keep the media out of a dispute between him and a woman who bore his child.

An attorney for the former New York Giants linebacker is seeking to bar reporters from future hearings in the child support case involving Taylor and Ebony Washington.

Attorney James Key says in court papers that Taylor isn’t behind on payments. Key says the dispute is over Taylor’s attempt to reduce his payments. Key cites news coverage that has referred to Taylor as a “sleazy sack king.”

In January, Taylor was sentenced to six years’ probation after he admitted paying a 16-year-old runaway for sex.

Taylor led the New York Giants to Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991.

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